The Journal of Musculoskeletal Medicine Vol 26 No 2

Injection and aspiration of the finger joints

March 25, 2009

The hand-the chief sensory organ of touch-performs grasping and fine manipulations that are essential for dexterity and performance of activities of daily living. Critical to maintaining these roles is preservation of finger joint function. For patients who present with finger pain or swelling, a comprehensive plan of evaluation and management may require diagnostic aspiration or therapeutic injection or both.

Fibromyalgia initiative promotes early, accurate diagnosis

March 22, 2009

An outcomes-based fibromyalgia syndrome (FMS) education program is designed to provide physicians and other health care professionals with a broad range of useful information about the disease and thus promote earlier, more accurate diagnosis.

Inflammatory lesions in ankylosing spondylitis predict new syndesmophytes

March 21, 2009

In patients with ankylosing spondylitis (AS), the presence of an active inflammatory lesion at the vertebral corner on MRI is associated with development of new syndesmophytes at the corresponding vertebral corner visible on plain radiography, suggesting a relationship between inflammation and ankylosis. New syndesmophytes will develop from a previous active inflammatory lesion even when the lesion has resolved on follow-up MRI after the start of anti-tumor necrosis factor a (anti–TNF–α) therapy.

Fibromyalgia initiative promotes early, accurate diagnosis

March 21, 2009

An outcomes-based fibromyalgia syndrome (FMS) education program is designed to provide physicians and other health care professionals with a broad range of useful information about the disease and thus promote earlier, more accurate diagnosis.

Patient assessment provides effective RA measure

March 20, 2009

A measure based on patient data provides a reasonable definition of rheumatoid arthritis (RA) outcome and RA treatment success or nonsuccess. Among patient-reported variables, patient global at a level of 1.25 or lower best separates patients who are very satisfied with their health from those not very satisfied, regardless of the presence of comorbidity.